Extreme Excavating will begin the City’s Victoria Street West Improvements Project on Monday, April 15, starting at the east end of the corridor near 1st Avenue. The $13 million project will involve utility replacement and undergrounding; road reconstruction; and improved pedestrian access, lighting, and landscaping. The work will be carried out in four stages over the next 18 months to 2 years.
Construction will take place Monday–Friday, 7:00 am–5:30 pm, with additional night and weekend work as required, as the project progresses. Two lanes of traffic (one in each direction) will be maintained through the construction zone. The City reminds motorists of the posted 30 km/h speed and asks drivers to use caution and courtesy when driving in the area and to utilize proper merging etiquette.
“We’re asking motorists to use the zipper merge when approaching the construction zone. Drivers are encouraged to use both lanes until the point of merge and then to take turns to ease safely and smoothly into the remaining lane,” said Darren Crundwell, the City’s Capital Projects Manager. “By maximizing the full use of two lanes until the point of merge, congestion can be reduced and help keep traffic flowing.”
Pedestrian access and access to all businesses along Victoria Street West will be maintained throughout the project. While every attempt will be made to minimize the impact on businesses, residents, motorists, transit users, and pedestrians during construction, delays and congestion are inevitable and should be expected. Commuters are encouraged to consider using other modes of transportation, such as carpooling, transit, cycling, or walking, or taking alternate routes.
Special routing consideration has been given for emergency vehicles, transit, and local business traffic. Businesses on Victoria Street West will remain open and accessible throughout all stages of the construction period.
Traffic webcams have been installed on Victoria Street West near the Overlanders Bridge and near Seymour Street West to provide motorists with east and west views of the construction corridor. In addition to the traffic webcams, the City will use roadside message boards, radio and print ads, social media, and its website to keep residents informed of anticipated delays, lane closures, and other traffic disruptions.
To access weekly project updates, the traffic webcams, and project details, including the staging plan, visit LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/VictoriaWest.